A&E highlights: A week for Trekkies, folkies and fairgoers
Things to do in Seattle in the week beginning May 19, 2013, include “Star Trek Into Darkness” on the big screen, Northwest Folklife Festival at Seattle Center and the University District Street Fair.
‘Star Trek Into Darkness’
The crew of the starship Enterprise returns to hunt down a master terrorist in one of the all-time best entries in the durable franchise. Now playing at several theaters. For showtimes, see Page H7. For Soren Andersen’s 3½-star review of the movie and an interview with cast members Simon Pegg, John Cho and Alice Eve, boldly go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.
‘Mel Brooks: Make a Noise’
The PBS series “American Masters” looks at the career of the actor, writer and director. 9 p.m. Monday on KCTS.
The popular (and still very funny) comedy ends its fourth season at 9 p.m. Wednesday on ABC.
Food truckin’ in Phinney
Another food-truck extravaganza. Get eight bites and four drinks for $25 from such standouts as Seattle Biscuit Company and newcomers including the Barking Frog’s Mobile Kitchen. 3-7 p.m. today (May 19), at Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N. Live entertainment, too (udistrictfoodbank.ejoinme.org).
Cachaça tasting at Rumba
Rumba hosts a special tasting event with Brazilian-style small plates 7-8 p.m. Thursday. The hip Capitol Hill bar will also serve a cachaça cocktail menu throughout the night. Held at 1112 Pike St. $20 (www.rumbaonpike.com).
University District Street Fair
The 44th annual U-District fair features more than 300 craft and food vendors, information displays and music, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today (May 19), University Way Northeast from Campus Parking to North 50th Street, Seattle; (www.udistrictstreetfair.org).
Alki Summer Streets
The event kicks off with a 5K walk/run to benefit West Seattle High School, 9:20 a.m., $25-$35. The party follows with music, vendors, interactive art, bicycle parade, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday along Alki Avenue Southwest, which will be closed to traffic from 63rd Avenue Southwest to the Don Armeni Boat Launch Ramp, Seattle (www.seattle.gov/transportation/summer_alki.htm).
Northwest Folklife Festival
The 42nd edition of the largest free community arts festival in the nation features a broad array of ethnic, folk and traditional music and dance performances, participatory dancing, workshops, craft and food vendors, Friday through May 27, Seattle Center; free, $10/day donation requested (206-684-7300 or www.nwfolklife.org).
Originally formed in 1967 as a hard-driving blues-rock band, by 1975 Fleetwood Mac had re-imagined itself as one of the classic pop-rock bands of the ’70s, selling more than 40 million copies of the 1977 album “Rumours,” recently reissued in a deluxe edition. The Fleetwood Mac Live 2013 tour features original members Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, plus Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, who joined in 1975. Reviews suggest that while individual voices may show some wear, the group still has the old fire. 8 p.m. Monday at the Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma; $49.50- $149.50 (800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com).
The Northwest’s most important rock blowout, recently acknowledged by The New York Times as one of the festivals that really matters beyond the Bonnaroo-Coachella radius. This year’s headliners draw liberally from the Northwest, from Macklemore (Friday) to the recently reunited Postal Service (Monday), with tons of worthwhile up-and-coming bands like Japandroids and Dirty Projectors peppered through the weekend. Friday though May 27 at the Gorge Amphitheatre, George, Grant County; sold out (www.sasquatchfestival.com).
The prolific and articulate author comes to town Monday to talk about “Little Green,” his 12th Easy Rawlins mystery. He signs “Little Green” at noon Monday at Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry St., Seattle; free (206-587-5737; www.seattlemystery.com). Mosley will discuss his book at 7 p.m. Monday, Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle; free (206-518-6000 or www.naamnw.org).
‘The Language Archive’
Seattle Public Theater stages award-winning playwright Julia Cho’s comic love story about a linguist who can’t find the words to express his emotions. Through June 9, Seattle Public Theater at the Bathhouse, 7312 W. Green Lake Drive N., Seattle; $15-$29 (206-524-1300 or www.seattlepublictheater.org).
‘The Mutant Diaries: Unzipping My Genes’
Eva Moon’s production couldn’t be more timely, coming on the heels of Angelina Jolie’s disclosure of her preventive mastectomy. Moon has also faced the devastating news that she carries a mutation of the gene linked to breast/ovarian cancer, and created this production about “turning a devastating prognosis into a new lease on life.” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Fall City Bistro, 4050 Fall City Carnation Road, Fall City; $10 (mutantdiaries.com).
Seattle Youth Symphony
In the last subscription concert of its 70th season, SYSO takes on works by Brahms (“Tragic Overture”), Debussy (“La Mer”) and Ravel’s ever-popular orchestral setting of Mussorgsky’s piano classic, “Pictures at an Exhibition.” The latter two are programmatic music at its best, with Debussy creating a seascape in sound, while Mussorgsky’s inspiration was an exhibit of paintings by Russian artist Victor Hartmann. SYSO music director Stephen Rogers Radcliffe conducts. 3 p.m. today, May 19, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $15-$40 (206-362-2300 of www.syso.org ).
Zoe | juniper: ‘No one to witness or adjust #4’
Zoe Scofield and Juniper Shuey’s “open performance research and process” involves audience members lying on the floor for 30 minutes while a performance goes on above them. The idea is to shift “the spectator’s perspective and physical relationship to the performer” and to “explore dimensions of the performance space that are typically static.” The event is free, and those interested can sign up for one of the 18 half-hour slots available on Thursday and Friday between noon and 9 p.m. Velocity Dance Center, 1621 12th Ave., Seattle; free (206-325-8773 or www.velocitydancecenter.org ).
James Harris Gallery
Harris’ lively gallery has reopened in new digs just up the street from the Smith Tower. It’s a roomier space, in a busier location. On show now: Bing Wright’s “Broken Mirror/Evening Sky,” photographs that have an unusual stained-glass radiance. Wright achieves the effect by projecting outdoor shots onto a broken mirror, then photographing the mirror reflection and blowing it up to cathedral-worthy proportions. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday through June 15, James Harris Gallery, 604 Second Ave., Seattle (206-903-6220 or www.jamesharrisgallery.com ).